Brightside in Policy and Research

Our expertise in mentoring and social mobility has been recognised by official bodies and academics in various research and reports.

Brightside’s mentoring is a case study of innovative outreach work with disadvantaged young people in rural and coastal communities in The Bridge Group report The influence of place: Geographical isolation and progression to higher education 

Brightside’s approach to impact evaluation is highlighted as best practice in the Office for Students research Understanding the evaluation of access and participation outreach interventions for under-16-year-olds

Brightside has produced two collections of essays from leading experts proposing innovative solutions to widening participation challenges, in partnership with the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). Reaching the parts of society universities have missed: A manifesto for the new Director of Fair Access and Participation  and Where next for widening participation and fair access? Insights from leading thinkers.

Evidence from Brightside is extensively cited in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility report The class ceiling: Increasing access to the leading professions

Brightside’s mentoring is showcased as a case study of good practice in the Department for Education’s non-statutory advice for careers education Careers guidance and inspiration in schools

The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Joint Select Committee cites Brightside’s mentoring as an example of an effective intervention for young people in the Careers education, information, advice and guidance report.

Our work supporting white boys from disadvantaged backgrounds into higher education is highlighted in Working In Partnership: Enabling Social Mobility Across Higher Education, produced by the Universities UK Social Mobility Advisory Group as a report to Government.

The Higher Education Policy Institute refers to Brightside’s work in Boys to Men: The underachievement of young men in higher education – and how to start tackling it.

Brightside was one of the leading organisations asked to contribute innovative ideas to increase understanding and respect between generations to the United For All Ages report A Country For All Ages: ending age apartheid in Brexit Britain

Our mentoring is highlighted as a good example of support that helps people develop confidence and hope in the Good help and bad help: How purpose and confidence transform lives report from NESTA and OSCA.

Brightside has also produced One-to-One support: A collaborative quality framework, alongside NESTA and Teach First. The result of a collaboration between over 20 third sector organisations, the framework will enable practitioners in the fields of mentoring, coaching and tutoring to both extend and prove the impact of their work with young people in accordance with sector recognised standards.